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THIRD INTRODUCTION


've wanted to get this our GANDER family history more up to date for some time, the impetus finally came when I set up the web site for the GANDER One-Name Study - which, if you're reading a print copy of this, is at: www.gander.cjb.net - coupled with my learning to find my way round various desktop publishing programs and wanting to try my hand.

So this is more of a tidying-up to the last printed copy of A Gaggle of GANDERs I put together in 1987 than any report on great break-throughs on the research front. ['Printed' makes it sound very grand - Gaggle was put together using an electric typewriter, the pages - together with photographs - were all photocopied and I was embarrassed to later find just how many spelling mistakes I'd made.]

I found 2 more children of William and Ann Susan and been able to link another we knew about. I've established who 'Granny Smith' was in relation to my grandfather, Harry Gander.

 
   
 
 

SECOND INTRODUCTION



dmund Gander, to whom Frank refers in the last paragraph of his Introduction, sadly died shortly after Frank's The Gander's of Upper Thames Street was printed in April 1983. Edmund was a member of the Society of Genealogists and had been pursuing his own extensive London Gander family history for over 20 years collecting a mass of other incidental Gander records on the way. It was Edmund who originally put me in touch with Frank and Frank's second cousin Terry [Terence Michael Gander] although it was just as Frank's booklet was produced that I made the breakthrough in my own research and proved that I too was descended from the same William Gander, through his eldest grandson Thomas William Gander (1895-1912). I am therefore a third cousin once removed to Frank and Terry.

I too wish to record my own researches of 'my side' of the family in such a way that our mutual family history can be appreciated by more of William's descendants. As Frank did such a splendid job with his original booklet I have tried not to change it too much and have made alterations only where further research has thrown up different theories or more facts eg my finding the place and date of William and Ann Susan's marriage). So I wish to point out that Parts 1.3, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and all of Part 3 are with very minor alterations if at all, reprints from Frank's original booklet whilst Parts 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1
and Appendices II & III are also from The Gander's of Upper Thames Street but have been updated. My acknowledgement and thanks go to Frank for his permission to do this.

I should also like to thank those relatives of mine who took trouble to answer my enquiries about my grandfather Harry Gander (1886-1932) and came up with many snippets of information which eventually helped to link a family history together. Particular thanks must go to my Aunt Mary for her continuing interest and help, and to my above distant cousin Terry for his help also.

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Generally, I've revised much of the parts I originally wrote on my own immediate line but have "left" in much of the original chapters copied over from The GANDERs of Upper Thames Street written by Frank GANDER my distant cousin.

 
Des Gander
This includes Frank's chapter about the WESSONs from Surrey, whose relationship with the GANDERs in the early 1800's might suggest that our GANDERs were the ones from Cranleigh rather than the GANDERs from Clapham. I still can't prove or disprove either way - so they stay in!

Des Gander
e-mail: gander@one-name.org
February 2001

 
 
 
 

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